International Studies provides knowledge of world affairs, develops an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and societies, and promotes informed analysis of global interdependencies.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for professional internships and study abroad, which may be undertaken for academic credit. Through internships, students gain firsthand knowledge of private and public organizations engaged in international social, economic and government affairs.
The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, and students select among a wide variety of internationally oriented courses taught in the Departments of Anthropology/Sociology; Economics; World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; Geography; History; Religious Studies; and Political Science.
The bachelor of arts in international studies establishes a basis for careers in international administration, international business, journalism, government, law, the foreign services and the national security community.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearGEOL 110 Environmental Geoscience GER 102 Elementary German 2 INTS 199 Orientation to International Studies POLS 103 Global Political Issues MATH 126C College Algebra 3-Day
Senior YearECON 451 International Economics ASTR 106 Descriptive Astronomy POLS 368 Politics of War and Peace ECON 454 Comparative Economic Systems POLS 260 Introduction to International Relations
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Emily Kayser won a Boren Scholarship to study abroad in Uganda, and later traveled to Malawi to study poverty and land use with Geography Professor Brent McCusker. The Point Pleasant, W.Va., native earned a B.A. in international studies and a B.A. in economics. She said, "The trip to Africa changed my life. It opened my eyes to a completely different way of living. It focused my career goals: I want to work in international development."
A triple-major in international, Russian, Slavic and East European studies, Faith Pirlo studied the language and culture of Russia at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University thanks to a 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. She was also interested in learning more about Russian foreign policy, history and culture. A triple-major in international, Russian, Slavic and East European studies, Faith studied the language and culture of Russia at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University thanks to a 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. She was also interested in learning more about Russian foreign policy, history and culture.
"My degree from WVU was in international studies, and my minor was in international and comparative politics. My emphasis was on international security and diplomacy. I traveled to London and worked for NBC Universal as a summer intern. My internship gave me the opportunity to see how international media is affected by politics. The skills that I learned have given me a better handle on my communication and the ability to adjust to different working environments. My time at WVU provided me with experience that will help me as I move on to the next step in my career."